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San Angelo ISD Welcomes New Assistant Superintendent of Business Support Services andDirector of Co


San Angelo ISD is pleased to announce Dr. Merl Brandon as the Chief Financial Officer and

Assistant Superintendent of Business Support Services and Ms. Sun Cha as Director of

Community Relations.

Dr. Brandon is a West Texas native with deep ties to the San Angelo community and San

Angelo ISD, previously serving as principal at Lincoln Middle School and assistant principal at

Central on Oakes. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Brandon has served in roles such as a

superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal and classroom

teacher, and brings a broad range of financial and leadership experience to SAISD.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to return to San Angelo ISD to serve in their Business

Support Services area,” said Dr. Brandon.


“SAISD supported my growth as a leader and

coming back here feels like coming home.”

Dr. Brandon is a graduate of both Angelo State University and Texas Tech, where he received

his Doctorate Degree. Dr. Brandon has received accolades such as Region 15 Principal of the

Year, Texas Secondary Principal of the Year, and Angelo State University Distinguished

Alumnus. He served in many capacities as a leader supporting education professional

organizations such as Texas Association of Secondary Principals, University Interscholastic

League, and the Bob Thompson Executive Leadership Program.

I look forward to serving this community by facilitating the good stewardship of resources

and helping the district maximize its ability to serve students and educators,” said Dr.

Brandon. “Supporting the tremendous work of the team within the business office to

continue providing fiscal responsibility and financial integrity for our taxpayers is a top

priority of the Business Support Services team.”

Ms. Sun Cha comes to San Angelo ISD with more than nine years of experience in journalism,

advertising, public relations, marketing and business development. Most recently, she served

as Director of Marketing and Business Development for Concho Educators Federal Credit

Union. Sun is a proud San Angelo native and attended Angelo State University for three years

and went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Advertising/Public Relations from

Pennsylvania State University.

“I am honored to be a part of the SAISD family. I have such tremendous respect and

appreciation for educators,” said Ms. Cha. “It takes a certain caliber of person to be a good

educator and too often their efforts go unnoticed or unappreciated. I’d like to do all that I

can to help support and continue to improve SAISD and the experience of its educators and

its students. Being able to do that, in any way, would still be insignificant compared to what

educators do for our children on a daily basis.”

Ms. Cha also has a tremendous passion for community service and advocacy. She is currently

serving her second term as the Chairman of the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce’s Concho

Cadre. She also serves on the Adult Literacy Council Board of Directors and has served as its

President as well as the President of the Young Professionals of San Angelo. Ms. Cha has

received accolades such as 2021 20 Under 40 recipient and is a member of the 2022-2023

Leadership San Angelo class.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Brandon and Ms. Cha to San Angelo ISD. To stay up-to-date

on San Angelo ISD, please visit the SAISD website at www.saisd.org and follow us on

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